My original posts planned for this week were to continue with the idea of purpose as we talk about the spirituality of ordinary tasks and we’ll do that but I’m going to adjust our focus a bit because the horrific extraordinary events of this past week (and so many other violent events this past year)Continue reading “A Kingdom View”
My heart is heavy with the weight of the hate and darkness that plays out in this world. The shootings in Atlanta and in Boulder bring me back to the reason I started writing publicly about compassion. In the sadness and anger and frustration it is easy to throw up our hands and scream “notContinue reading “Taste the Goodness”
The journey, life following Jesus in the light of God’s love and shining the light of God’s love is our purpose. In fulfilling this purpose we also manage to feed some hungry folks physically and spiritually, heal some wounded souls with kindness, welcome the marginalized and strangers in love. These actions are the fruit of our purpose of being humans who follow Jesus.
Our Lenten journey is to shape us into kingdom people who continuously seek to make more room for the awareness of God’s presence. The purpose is the journey. The purpose is being.
We are human. We see others and the world around us from our perspective, as we are. It takes intentional effort to learn to ask, “what am I choosing not to see?” so that we can better see things as they are.
With Jesus, we belong because of who we already are: beloved children of God.
When we discover our sense of belonging from the image of God within us, our whole identity isn’t shattered when we let go of our connection (either willingly or forced) to a particular group because we have set our vision on godly things instead of human things. We are God’s beloved children, God’s people, and that can never be destroyed. We have been given the everlasting gift of belonging through Jesus.
As human beings we are created with a need to belong because we are created by the ultimate community of God, Three in One, inseparable yet distinct. This sense of belonging is critical to our wellbeing. Way back when as I was in conversation with my bishop about where I’d go to seminary, I visitedContinue reading “Second Choice”
Good Monday, my friends. As we step into this week, what are you hoping for? Is your view of the world coming into focus through the lens of God’s kingdom? In one of our ancient faith stories (we read this bit of it yesterday in our worship service), God’s people have a snake problem. GodContinue reading “Look and Live”
The stories of our faith ancestors aren’t intended to confine us or restrict us to “the way we’ve always done it” but are gifts we use to expand our thinking and our vision as we grow into who God created us to be.